Forest Hills Park

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Forest Hills Park, formerly known as Forest Park, is a 7.35 acre[1] park located on Forest Hills Avenue in Charlottesville. [2]

The park reopened in May 2010 after a major renovation which saw the creation of a sprayground, a new playground, and a new picnic pavilion. [3] [4]

The city's comprehensive plan classifies Forest Hills Park as a 'neighborhood' park[5].


Amenities include:

  • an open recreation field,
  • paved neighborhood trail,
  • a number of picnic facilities, including a picnic shelter and outdoor grills,
  • playground equipment,
  • two full basketball courts
  • sprayground


The city acquired the property from J. Hubert and Dorothy Carver in 1955.[6]

2009/2010 Improvements

The 2005 Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment determined that the Forest Hills wading pool was in need of major repair or replacement. In 2008, with the assistance of the Timmons Group a master plan was developed that included a sprayground to replace the wading pool, the addition of walking trails through the park, and a new picnic pavilion. [7].

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society issued a "Best New Renovation" award for the park. [8] [4]

2009 additions

Also in 2009 Southern Development donated 1.5 acres of land to be added to the park, in conjunction with one of their new developments[9].

2010 shooting

A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old girl in September 2010, though he was aiming for another boy[10].

Photo gallery


  1. Forest Hills Park record from the City Assessor.
  2. Web. Forest Hills Park, City of Charlottesville, retrieved March 5, 2022.
  3. Web. Charlottesville to reopen renovated Forest Hills Park, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 7, 2010, retrieved March 5, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Web. Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Update for City Council, May 2013, Brian Daly, City of Charlottesville, retrieved May 10, 2013.
  5. Web. Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 10, City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved October 19, 2010.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named city
  7. Web. Sprayground breaking: Forest Hills Park project underway, Dave McNair, The Hook, Sept 22 2009
  8. Web., Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, September 20, 2011, retrieved September 23, 2011.
  9. Web. Developer offers land to increase size of Forest Hills Park, Tarpley Ashworth, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 02, 2009
  10. Web. Boy, 14, in court in Forest Hills shooting, Tasha Kates, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, September 29, 2010, retrieved March 5, 2022.